Ottawa prohibits visits to city-run long-term care homes

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The City of Ottawa is cracking down on families who visit loved ones on the grounds of four long-term care homes run by the city during the pandemic.

Long-term care homes in Ontario have been restricting visitors since pandemic measures were put in place in March. But many people have gone home to visit windows or to hold up signs for their loved ones.

The city manages the Garry J. Armstrong, Peter D. Clark, Carleton Lodge and Champlain houses. The city confirmed on Tuesday that an employee of the Peter D. Clark center had tested positive for COVID-19, and last week the city said that three other staff members had tested positive in Garry J.’s home. Armstrong.

The chief of long-term care said in a statement to the CBC that they should exercise caution.

“This difficult decision to limit these visitors to the exterior grounds of homes is based on the priority given to the safety and health of residents and staff,” said Dean Lett, director of long-term care at the City of Ottawa. . He said that more residents are going out now that the weather is warmer.

“We have experienced a number of situations in which families have come and failed to meet the requirement for physical distance as reported by public health agencies. “

Digital dating encouraged

Lett said he understood the difficulties faced by the families and said the homes are using additional staff and technology to help organize digital meetings with families, as well as phone calls and letter delivery.

“With the effects we have seen on the virus on long-term care homes across the country, we have a responsibility to do everything to minimize the risk of COVID-19 entering homes and protect safety residents and staff. “Said Lett

He encourages families to contact the home staff to organize these virtual meetings.

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